Political scandals

FILE- In this Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, file photo, Prime Minister Mark Rute, center left, and Dutch King Willem-Alexander, center, pose with the ministers for the official photo of the new Dutch government on the steps of Royal Palace Noordeinde in The Hague, Netherlands. The Dutch Cabinet was meeting Friday Jan. 15, 2021, amid strong speculation that Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government will resign to take political responsibility for a scandal involving child benefit investigations.(AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
January 15, 2021 - 8:52 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his entire Cabinet resigned Friday to take political responsibility for a scandal involving investigations into child welfare payments that wrongly labeled thousands of parents as fraudsters. In a nationally televised speech, Rutte...
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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2017, file photo, former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, left, arrives to attend a hearing on the extension of her detention at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea’s top court upheld 20-year prison term for Park over corruption on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)
January 14, 2021 - 2:32 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 20-year prison term for former President Park Geun-hye over bribery and other crimes as it ended a historic corruption case that marked a striking fall from grace for the country’s first female leader and conservative icon...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2021, file photo, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan appears on the floor as the Illinois House of Representatives convenes at the Bank of Springfield Center, in Springfield, Ill. House Speaker Madigan on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, said he was “suspending” his campaign for a 19th term in the leadership post. Madigan, the longest-serving leader of a legislative body in U.S. history, issued a statement that began, “This is not a withdrawal.” But it urged House Democrats to “work to find someone, other than me, to get 60 votes for speaker.” (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP File)
January 13, 2021 - 7:37 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House on Wednesday elected its first Black speaker to replace the longest-serving legislative leader in modern U.S. history, picking Democratic Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch for the job and pushing aside Michael Madigan after he was implicated in an ongoing...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, Estonia's Prime Minister Juri Ratas leaves from an EU summit in Brussels. Ratas has handed in his resignation, Wednesday Jan. 13, 2021, after a corruption scandal investigated by the police and prosecutors in his Center Party led to key party officials resigning, while Ratas said he personally has not done anything wrong. (Johanna Geron, File Pool via AP)
January 13, 2021 - 5:07 am
HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia’s prime minister has resigned over a corruption scandal in his Center Party that led to key party officials resigning overnight, and talks began Wednesday among political parties about forming a new ruling coalition. The move automatically prompts the resignation of Estonia'...
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January 07, 2021 - 8:58 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch prosecutors declined Thursday to open an investigation into possible discrimination by staff at the country's tax office, saying they found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in a long-running scandal linked to efforts to track down parents fraudulently claiming...
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File - In this Dec. 2019 file photo, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif, left, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks with then Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, as they sit in the audience as the House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the constitutional grounds for the president's impeachment, on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump is set to present one of the nation's highest civilian honors to Nunes. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
January 04, 2021 - 5:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to one of his most outspoken congressional allies, California Rep. Devin Nunes, as he looks to reward loyalists with just over two weeks left in his term. Nunes, the former chair of the House Intelligence...
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Mauricette, a French 78-year-old woman, is the first to get vaccinated for COVID-19 at the Rene-Muret hospital in Servan near Paris, Sunday Dec. 27, 2020. France is starting its first vaccinations Sunday against the coronavirus at a nursing home northeast of Paris, in one of France's poorest regions. (Thomas Samson/Pool Photo via AP)
January 04, 2021 - 10:15 am
PARIS (AP) — France’s cautious approach to rolling out a coronavirus vaccination program appears to have backfired, leaving barely 500 people inoculated in the first week and rekindling anger over the government’s handling of the pandemic. President Emmanuel Macron was holding a special meeting...
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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, left, also the Liberal Democratic Party party leader, poses with the ruling party's senior officials, including Toshihiro Nikai, right, at the party headquarters in Tokyo, on Sept. 15, 2020. Prime Minister Suga came to office on a surge of popularity, pledging to combat the coronavirus and fix the languishing economy. Now his support ratings have plunged amid flaring virus outbreaks and scandals within the ruling party, even as the economy appears to be recovering. (Kyodo News via AP)
December 29, 2020 - 4:24 am
TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga came to office on a wave of popularity, pledging to combat the coronavirus and fix Japan's languishing economy. Three months after he took over from his former boss Shinzo Abe, a more charismatic leader from an influential political family, Suga seems to...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, file photo, U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., speaks to reporters as he leaves the courthouse after a pretrial hearing in his insider-trading case, in New York. On Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, President Donald Trump pardoned 15 people, including Collins. Collins, the first member of Congress to endorse Trump to be president, was sentenced to two years and two months in federal prison after admitting he helped his son and others dodge $800,000 in stock market losses when he learned that a drug trial by a small pharmaceutical company had failed. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
December 22, 2020 - 9:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the waning weeks of his presidency, Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a slew of pardons and commutations, including former members of Congress convicted of corruption charges, two people charged in the Russia investigation that shadowed his presidency and former government...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by The Ford County Sheriff's Office in Paxton, Ill., shows Michael Hari. A jury on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 convicted Hair, the leader of an Illinois anti-government militia group, of several civil rights and hate crime charges in the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque. (Ford County Sheriff's Office via AP File)
December 09, 2020 - 8:23 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A jury on Wednesday convicted the leader of an Illinois anti-government militia group of several civil rights and hate crime charges in the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque. Prosecutors outlined 49-year-old Michael Hari's hatred for Muslims as his motivation for the bombing...
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